Thornybush Amazing Race

Additional charge applicable.

The aim of the treasure hunt is to collect all clues and navigate the reserve to receive the tasks and gain the most points. Bonus points are available for completing challenges for addition to your total score.

You will require a bird book, a mammal book, a tree book, information and map provided.

Teams may under no circumstances race around in the bush or in any way act in an unethical manner as they will be penalized and loose 50 points. Take your time and earn your points by completing the challenges and tasks properly, the judges will be awarding the most points to the tasks completed with the best quality and not the first team to arrive at the finish line.

Your ranger and tracker are non-participating members of your team. The rangers are only allowed to help you at a cost of 15 points per item of advice or knowledge.

Main roads and cut lines are only to be crossed and not driven on. Any team caught driving on these will lose 20 points per offence.

Sightings of mammals will be worth 5 points each but must be confirmed by a photograph and only one sighting of each species will count, The Big 5 are worth 10 points each.

Like any competition there is an element of luck to it and responding to another teams sighting is not allowed, the purpose is to spot animals themselves. Rangers will insure this is adhered to and neither trackers nor rangers will point game out unless the team is willing to sacrifice points. A point to note; Waterside guiding teams can track animals down, provided they are in the blocks around where you are driving however this may be time consuming and you may miss further opportunities down the road.

Points are awarded for sightings of the following birds which must be confirmed by the team’s ranger: Saddle billed stork, Ground Hornbill, any Raptor species and the hooded or lappet faced vulture. These will be worth 10 points each.

Snakes and chameleons will be worth 10 points with photographic proof or confirmation of sighting by the guiding team responsible for you.

Bonus points are available for : (10 points each)
Photos of opposing teams looking concerned or worried.
Photos of old carcasses/ dead animals with someone pretending to nibble on them.
Most original photo of a tree hugger. (use your imagination)
Photo of Tracker/ Ranger helping in the hunt.
A porcupine quill

Roads Done for Waterside property

Team 1 Clue 1
From the reservoir take your map and look south, you will find a road named after an ancient hunting tool still used today. Once on this road drive slowly and look around carefully for your challenge! It will be found up a tree that is traditionally used to influence the sex of a child.

Task
Make a Basic bow and arrow out of traditional material, a ranger or tracker may have to help you at a cost.

Team 2 Clue 1
Take your map and Head East from the reservoir till you find where mans best friend meets a predominant rock type, carry on south from there and look for the junction where the raisins meet. Once you find the junction look around carefully as your task awaits.

Task
Make a Basic bow and arrow out of traditional material, a ranger or tracker may have to help you at a cost.

Team 1 Clue 2
From the sight of your clue you want to find a road named after a rather small carnivore often seen around lions eating. Go east on this road and take a left onto oxpecker until the open area where you will be looking for a challenge.

Task
Walk with your ranger and use your bow to hunt the Big 5!!

Team 2 Clue 2
From the raisin tree junctions start heading east and then it's time to get lost on your way to a bird which is nocturnal and often sits on roads catching insects. Use this bird to guide you to your next challenge, remember east is the ticket.

Task
Walk with your ranger and use your bow to hunt the Big 5!!

Team 1 Clue 3
Once the Big 5 have all been shot teams must walk east until the Monwana River behind Klein Kariba Dam where the final challenge is in the river bed. Remember to listen to guides instruction should you encounter an animal along the way an extra 30 points will be awarded to the team that can collect the freshest Animal Dung sample.

Team 2 Clue 3
Once the Big 5 have all been shot teams must walk east until the Monwana River behind Klein Kariba Dam where the final challenge is in the river bed. Remember to listen to guides instruction should you encounter an animal along the way an extra 30 points will be awarded to the team that can collect the freshest Animal Dung sample.

River bed challenge: Extract 20 liters of water from riverbed using only naturals and fill the 20L container provided. No modern day things like bottle etc may be used to dig or scoop up the water.

River bed challenge: Extract 20 liters of water from riverbed using only naturals and fill the 20L container provided. No modern day things like bottle etc may be used to dig or scoop up the water.